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supermarket shelves look very different but taste exact low the same. but before that, investigators say they have busted a plot that was hatched by some home grown terrorists. the man who inspired they deadly idea and why the fbi can't do a thing to stop them. you're watching "world news now." [ female announcer ] with daily moisture renewal from pantene. the pro-v system nourishes to lock in moisture erasing the damage of 100 blow drys for a silky, soft touch. think only salon brands can do that? i took the dare...will you? [ female announcer ] daily moisture renewal from pantene. hair so healthy it shines.
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welcome back, everyone. something of a wake-up call as we enter the by welcome back, everyone. something of a wake-up call as we enter the busy holiday travel season.
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there are still those who want to do us harm. >> the newest example announced just yesterday. four americans busted for blotting to kill other americans. their inspiration, as abc's pierre thomas reports, is long dead. >> reporter: al awlaki was the world's most wanted man, public enemy one, encouraging radicals to attack america in online preaching. america killed him in a drone strike in 2011 and we learned al-awlaki is recruiting terrorists. announcing charges against four california man, plotting to go to afghanistan to bomb and kill u.s. soldiers, disciples of al awlaki. >> there was extensive amount of admiration for him and idealizing anwar al awlaki. >> reporter: a former member of the u.s. air force. the fbi claims the alleged terror cell conducted training including going to shooting
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ranges and had even bought tickets to travel to afghanistan through mexico. >> this was a valid, violent extremist network. we took this very, very seriously. >> reporter: according to the fbi's charges, one of the alleg alleged terror cell members posted violent extremist media, including audio files of al awlaki. abc news discovered 30 cases brought against home grown radicals where al awlaki was inspiration. plots to detonate a car bomb at a chicago bar. all the cases came after al awlaki was dead. some officials fear we may see al awlaki's influence for years to come. he lives on online. pierre thomas, abc new, washington. >> influence from the grave. what's disturbing. the one man, kabeer, former member of the u.s. military. for a brief time. in the air force from summer 2000 to the end of 2001. they're not releasing details on
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why exactly he was honorably discharged. but it's scary that one of our own at one point who fought and trained for this country would turn against it. >> they trained with paint ball rifles and even talked about going to afghanistan and setting up an orphanage to really cover up.
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♪ it's christmas time >> run dmc. ♪ it's christmastime run dmc ♪ run dmc. nothing says holidays like run dmc. >> or hershey's. >> thanksgiving, on plenty of shelves plenty of christmas spirit. >> does all the holiday packaging have all that much effect on what is inside the package.
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we sent our reporter to do a little bit of tasting. >> reporter: that time of year where we are expected to embrace the sensory overload. for those trying to catch our eye and get us to pull out our wall wallets, it's the annual festive dressing of the shelves with a lot on the line. so we decided to see what won us over on a trip to the supermarket. not so successful in my opinion. although we should note we were forced to purchase it, after i dipped my fingers into it. next we stopped at the oreos, the winter packaging got us. special winter oreo. a taste test confirmed it was, in fact, the same old oreo. the same. the packaging alone is often good enough to get us to buy. one recent study found that 76% of consumers like seasonal packaging. only 53% actually like special flavors. but the shoppers we stopped weren't getting caught up in it all. why? it's limited edition. >> well, you give me a limited
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edition handbag, i'll buy it. limited edition cookie, no. >> reporter: a tactic marketers ar useing -- shape. then i think of snowflake, think of ritz. i mean is there anything these people didn't think of. everyday pringles have turned from salty to sweet. so, too, has your turkey. at least if you buy what baskin robbins is selling, a cake, two cones to resemble the turkey's legs. yeah, we bought it. darren ravelle, abc news, new york. >> looks good. >> i think that is brilliant. that turkey that kind of looks good. all right, anything looks good at this hour. >> i will eat anything. >> we know. >> hey, that's not nice. >> we'll be right back.
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♪ okay. you like run dmc. i'm digging def leopard, bon jovi. one-stop shopping. nothing like def leopard. 1983 classic, photograph, which rob has never heard of before. get us to the final story. def leopard my favorite band. >> not surprising. there is no reason, no reason at all to have unflattering photos of yourself on your facebook page or online. just ask our main man at the computer, nick watt. >> reporter: celebrities benefited from artificial enhancement for years now. we can too. it is key in this age when our online persona is arguably more important than the reality. >> the days of, you know, that bare fresh face, no retouching, are kind of behind us.
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i think we're all moving into an era that its is so easy to do. >> reporter: i found some guinea pigs in our newsroom. michael didn't get much sleep last night. no biggy. there you go. before. after. work it. work it. josh before. josh after. and brandi. well, i'm not even going to mess with perfection. i'm working with portrait professionals here. pimpleeraser.com can deal with mt. saint helens on your chin. but there are pitfalls. >> especially if you're into online dating, that is not a good thing to do. you're going to show up to meet somebody and not look like the picture, and you're going to see someone's face just fall. >> reporter: a quick stroll of
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awkward famphotos.com shows that we don't always know our own best side. and get too enthusiastic with your primping tools, then the reality will come as a crushing disappointment. nick watt, abc news, los angeles. >> interesting. nick was doing a little flirtation with brandi hitt. the line, not going to miss with perfection. >> how is that again? >> brandi will be with us. off next two days for the holidays. brandi will be, perfect ms. brandi hitt. >> she is a lovely lady. i am more than happy to hand over the seat to her for a while. be nice to her. >> we're going to break her in. coming in from l.a., so it should be cool. i will be nice. good behavior. i will be good. >> can i get that in writing. right here. sign on the dotted line. >> i need a new contract.
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this morning on "world news this morning on "world news this morning on "world news now" -- if you are not on the road right now, right this very minute, you might be in for a
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very long day. >> that's right. today is expected to be the busiest travel day of the year. it's wednesday, november 21st. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good hump day, pre-thanksgiving day, wednesday. all those things. good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> i love it when you say "merning." >> "merning." >> i'm paula faris. millions of people are getting ready to hit the road. the latest on what you can expect if you are one of them. but first a look at some of the other stories we will follow for you in this first half hour of the show. talks are taking place to try to finally end the bloodshed in the middle east. but the violence there still raging. we'll have the very latest on the very slow progress of diplomacy. also this half hour, a medical miracle, truly. we love this story. a baby born with her heart outside of her body is the focus of an epic surgery.
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how her mother's faith and her doctors' dedication helped this tiny little girl pull through. >> that's amazing. that's a heart warming story. wow. we will lighten the mood a little bit in "the skinny" later this half-hour. some big decisions on "dancing with the stars". we'll let you know who went home and who survived. the season, i guess, slowly winding down. down to how many folks now? >> you act like you have no idea. >> i truly don't. that could get me fired here at abc. i don't know how many people are left. we'll have the latest no matter what. but, of course, serious news first. millions of us are hitting the road this morning, the very busiest travel day of the entire year. >> across most of the country it should be smooth sailing, but there are two major exceptions. here's abc's jim avila. >> reporter: a twin threat to air travel on the west coast. airport workers scheduled to demonstrate at los angeles international prompting warnings for passengers to give themselves a three-hour cushion at l.a.x. and an extra 90 minutes to get there. >> this is part of the fun of it all is to go fight the fight and
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fight the crowds. >> reporter: up north, crippling rain in oregon and washington expected to delay northwest flights. for the rest of the country, whether is on travel's side for a change. >> 75% of the country will be rain-free. northwest, not so great. we will see heavy rain and mountain snows continuing. >> reporter: since seattle is not a major domestic hub, the ripple effect of bad weather there is unlikely to spread. >> if there were to be a storm in chicago or in the northeast, you could count on mass chaos, but that does not look like it's going to be the case at all. >> reporter: there are new 2012 hollywood holiday tricks for savvy travel travelers. some airlines allow you to avoid the baggage counter by tagging and checking your own bag, giving you the opportunity to lose your own luggage.
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tsa has a new precheck program this year. sign up and you pass through a separate security line. with your laptop and your bag and your shoes on your feet. and there are new smart phone apps that monitor security lines so you can back-time your approach, flights are full and rebooking a challenge. >> it is extremely important to know how much time you have to get to your gate so you don't potentially miss your flight. and get stuck at the airport for thanksgiving. >> reporter: one final tip. leave the cranberry sauce at home. because of the tsa ban on liquids, your turkey may be welcome, but the cranberries are on the no-fly list. wednesday is supposed to be one of the busiest travel days of the year, airlines have cut flights, dropping air traffic by 3%. so it could actually be a pleasant day. jim avila, abc news, washington. >> our thanks to jim for that report. if you are anywhere in the northeast hoping to rent a car for your holiday getaway, forget about it. superstorm sandy destroyed or damaged thousands of cars, including those owned by rental companies. most of those not damaged have been rented to storm victims who lost their own cars. we have about four seats vacant in our minivan. if you want to hop in the hoopty with us, all we ask for is
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fritos, funions, pay us in treats. licorice. >> you can make money, you know. charge people. >> i could also die. so i probably won't do that. >> how long is your road trip? how long on the road will you spend? >> allegedly, 3 1/2, 4 hours. >> what time are you and the fam heading out? >> factoring in potty breaks for the children and for my husband and food stops, it will probably take, i'm saying, seven to eight hours. >> seven to eight hours. you factored in everything. i hope you have a good one too. >> i'm going to eat a lot. >> 'tis the season. >> and do nothing. >> you're working out now. you'll work it all off. >> i did pack my running shoes. little optimistic. it never happens. i bring workout clothes. i never work out. >> going to run to the dinner table. that's going to be it. save it for monday. here is your wednesday weather, everybody. the northwest storm brings more rain from san francisco up to seattle. also stretching into boise and the dakotas. more heavy snow in the cascade. northern rockies and sierra range. some scattered showers in the texas panhandle and eastern coast of florida.
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>> 77 in miami. 67 in atlanta. 54 in new york. mostly 60s in the midwest and great plains. phoenix gets up to 81. we turn overseas now to the crisis in the middle east. gaza came under heavy fire overnight. with at least 30 air strikes hitting offices, banks, and an empty villa. secretary of state hillary clinton continues her hi high-stakes diplomacy, meeting with the palestinian leader and the president of egypt as well. yesterday hillary clinton met with israeli president benjamin netanyahu. >> if there is a possibility of achieving a long-term solution to this problem through diplomatic means, we prefer that. if not, i am sure you understand israel will have to take whatever action is necessary to defend its people. >> strong words once again from israel. clinton has indicated it could take some time to finally iron out an agreement after now more than a week of fighting.
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in case you're wondering, some of the numbers associated with this too. 130 palestinians, militants, and civilians have been killed in gaza. gaza militants have fired more than 1,400 rockets at southern israeli communities. 800 of them exploded inside israel. that is according to the military. meanwhile israel says its military has hit more than 1,500 targets inside gaza. all the talk yesterday, an alleged truce, didn't come to pass. the fire fight continued in big numbers. >> really you are going to hear the white house and white house officials, state department, secretary of state clinton, everybody referring to this now as no longer a cease-fire, but a de-escalation. what does that mean? they don't want to characterize what is going to happen. hillary clinton said the focus on a durable outcome -- that promotes regional stability and advances security and general aspirations of israelis and palestinians alike. but the white house hasn't minced any words and said that they fully support israel in this time. >> a lot of words, but still a lot of rockets as well. well, a texas day care owner
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has been sentenced to 80 years in prison and ordered to pay a $100,000 fine for the death of a child who died in her care. jessica tata was convicted of murder for leaving seven children in her home unsupervised while she went to the store. she also left a pan of cooking oil on the stove. it started a fire that killed four of the children and seriously injured the other three. she still faces felony charges in those cases. and new york city police hunting for a possible serial killer are questioning a person of interest. they picked up a man believed to be the person spotted in surveillance video near two of the three execution-style murders. now the victims were all middle eastern, store owners, shot with the same gun. officers took the man into custody in brooklyn last night after receiving a tip from nervous residents. well, ahead of the big day tomorrow, thousands lined up in los angeles for the annual turkey dinner giveaway. the owner of a limousine company
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organized the event, providing the bird, cornbread, miamis, cranberry sauce, and more to senior citizens on fixed incomes and other families who are in need. one woman said the seven-hour wait was humbling but worth it. speaking of waiting, these shoppers set up their tents yesterday outside a best buy in the garden state of new jersey. they are first in line for black friday bargains. the sisters work in the health care industry. and every year they take the entire week off just to wait outdoors to get the best deals. good luck to those ladies. >> that is dedication. >> it is indeed. >> and something else. well, some people say online shopping is the way to go for the holidays. rob and i. >> amen. that was bad. there we go! >> new survey shows that trend goes way beyond shopping in your pajamas. the survey shows 38 million americans admit to shopping online on their smartphone while on the toilet. >> yes. >> empty your mind and your
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wallet at the same time. if you think that's strange, the survey says it found that 17 million people have shopped online while actually standing inside the same retailers physical store. and despite the danger of sitting on the toilet, more than 4 million say they shopped while driving. >> what's wrong with shopping on the toilet? i don't understand that. people that say -- can't believe it? what is the problem? >> have you done it? >> well, yeah, you know, if it is a busy day. got to take care of business here. and got stuff to do. >> got to take care of your business. whatever gets you through the holidays. >> here, jenny. i picked this out. >> getting all kind of things. >> you wouldn't believe -- [ indiscernible ] >> well, at least one of these every holiday season, the santa stunt goes awry. well, this drama unfolded in england. jolly st. nicholas was supposed to descend from a skylight staged from 50 feet up. ruh-roh. except santa didn't descend.
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>> somehow santa's trademark white beard got caught in the rope, swayed around the corrode like a huge animated decoration. finally santa got a shave and was able to make his less than grand entrance. >> that is beautiful. >> oh, santa, santa. >> get the beard trimmed. >> give santa a "p" for persistence. good. well, a team of doctors in a battle to save a baby born with the heart on the outside of her body. how her mother's face, faith rather and doctor's determination kept this little girl alive. >> later in the half-hour, trimming your budget while trimming the tree. show you how to use a little technology to save hundreds of bucks this holiday season. you are watching "world news now." ♪ santa baby so hurry down the chimney tonight ♪ ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by united health care. >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by united health care. ♪ the fun i've missed medicare, now is a good time to think about your options.
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♪ ♪ i stayed up with you all night ♪ ♪ then i'd know how to save a ♪ the fun i've missed i stayed up with you all night ♪ ♪ then i'd know how to save a life ♪ welcome back, everybody. a mother in texas has every right to be extremely, extremely thankful these days simply because her newborn daughter is still alive. >> she was born with a very unusual condition that has now been repaired through the miracle of surgery. christie myers of our houston
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station reports. we should warn you, though, some viewers may find the video in the story a little tough to watch. >> look how little she is. >> reporter: ashley cardena sees her newborn daughter for the first time after extraordinary surgery to put her baby's heart back inside her chest. little adrina was born with a third of her heart lying on her stomach beating outside her body. it as was a stunning thing to see even for the heart surgeons there to repair it. >> it's like the heart was kind of pinched in the middle. >> reporter: this condition was picked up on an ultrasound and is usually fatal. ashley made the difficult decision to continue her pregnancy and pray for the baby's healing. >> i had to come with believing in him and believing in faith that, you know, there is a reason that she is here. >> reporter: in a six-hour surgery texas children's heart surgeons and plastic surgeon s reconstructed the baby's chest to make space for the heart inside and gently stretched her skin to cover the hole. >> the baby will probably have
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to have other operations in the future. her stern um is about half formed, but these are things we can deal with. >> reporter: now 5 weeks old, adrina is doing well. she has a small heart inside her heart, but doctors say that it will heal on its own. >> they have no idea how thankful i am. if it wasn't for them as well as the grace of god, she wouldn't be here. >> good for her for having the courage to continue with the pregnancy. right now -- the doctors say she will need more surgeries in the future. one of those is building the sternum. right now, there is nothing to protect the heart. they can do that down the road. >> her faith is impressive. and what the doctors have been able to do so far really is. a mother's love. nothing quite like it. >> no, there's nothing quite like it. and when we come back after the break, matthew mcconaughey talking about his radical weight loss. >> you're watching "world news now."
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ ♪ skinny so skinny welcome back, everybody. it's been a few weeks since we talked about "dancing with the stars" here. >> it's been too long. >> it's been far too long. we should get to it on this day before thanksgiving. an update, what is going on there. the big hit here. two couples got sent home last
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night, so there was all kinds of suspense. things have been, like the night, tenth week of the season. things are winding down a little bit. the two couples going home, apollo, and karina they're out of there. and also emmitt smith and his partner cheryl burke, they both got the boot. emmitt was gracious. he said it's been a tremendous experience. cheryl has been a great partner. she has push med to another level. season three was something else. this right here takes it to the top. the season winding down. two of the probably better known professional dancers, cheryl and karina, my favorite pack it home. we wish them all the best. now we will see who takes home the mirror ball trophy in a few more weeks. >> end of the line for the two couples. also the end of the line for danika patrick and her husband of seven years. they have mutually decided to end their marriage. she wrote on her facebook page, this was her quote. she says, "we have decided to amicably end our marriage. it's not easy for either of us.
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he's been an important person in front of my life. that's how we will remain moving forward." he was a physical therapist when they met. she is 30. he is 17 years older than her. i don't know -- we don't want to speculate as to what played a part in it. the news of this comes after she won the nationwide series most popular driver award. last night. she also finished tenth in the nationwide series point standings. best finish ever by a woman. a bright future for her, her marriage of seven years to paul hostenthall is over. >> i'm not convinced relationships with that kind of age gap can last too long. i don't know. maybe that's just me. whatever the reason. good luck to both of them going down the road here. and matthew mcconaughey making news in "the skinny." >> speaking of skinny. >> really, truly. >> he is doing a new movie, "the dallas buyers club." he plays man who contracts hiv. for the role he had to lose a
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lot of weight. there on the left, the regular heartthrob the ladies love. then you see him on the right, having lost the weight. apparently he has lost 38 pounds. yeah, he has lost a ton of weight getting ready for this role. and he talked a little bit about it. take a listen. >> i lost 38 pounds. i feel good now. overall probably got 35% less energy. but there's been -- the tough part, there's been plateaus. once you get past the plateau, your body seems to understand okay this is where we are living now. >> a drastic, you know, change in appearance from his magic mike, you know, film appearance. but, you know, its is amazing what the actors do to get in shape for the role. he's the latest one. >> just to try to gear up his body to eat again, that will be a chore as well. >> matthew, put it back on, dude. get that burger. [ male announcer ] sponges take your mark.
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♪ santa baby a '54 convertible too, light blue ♪ >> i like that song. >> it's classic. >> everyone loves that one. forget the turkey. be thankful. it's nearly time for shopping. how can you save cash when you are buying your holiday gifts? we sound so greedy, don't we? >> we really do. >> like lots of other things these days, there is plenty of technology to help you out. sharyn alfonsi is on the case. >> reporter: the parillos have their hands full, parker, cameron, and baby sawyer. there isn't a lot of time for holiday shopping. so we brought help to them. >> nice to meet you. >> reporter: joanna stern is abc's tech editor she showed us how you can outsmart the stores using technology to get great deals on the parillas' christmas list. >> a tv for papa. >> reporter: flat screen tv. and digital camera. when should you pull the trigger
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and buy? tip one, arm yourself with apps. so we are off to the store. our target, target. there we see a digital camera we were looking at. pull out our decide app. it scans the bar code searching through thousand of pieces of information and tells us whether we should buy it now or wait and get another price. it says wait. on the toy aisle we spot bouncing tiger. it's at the top of the girls' list. it was $39.99 at target. marked done to $29.99. using another app called red laser. we scanned the bar code and find it cheaper. and if you're shopping online and don't like the price, tip number three, just walk away. >> put something in your cart and then you walk away from it like playing hard to get. they'll send an e-mail. actually we notice this is in your cart. here is a 10% discount. >> reporter: one of the most interesting things we learn, often an item will cost more in the store than online. so target had one toy that was $45. online it was $32. but the good news is if you have
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that app, you can take it to target and say, "look, i found it on your website for a little bit less," and they will match that price. sharyn alfonsi, abc news, new york. >> i get that shopping is a part of what we do this time of year. saw the greatest thing on facebook yesterday. someone had a sarcastic thing, people post, postcard. "black friday only americans would crush the malls and stampede each other a day after giving thanks for what we already have." that is so true. including us, apparently. >> that is not true. >> i will be online. that's what i will be doing. just saying. >> i'll be eating still. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now" -- informing insomniacs for two decades. [ female announcer ] now get high speed internet at home
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this is "world news now." good wednesday morning, everyone. i'm paula faris. >> and i'm rob nelson. we will have the latest on the talks and the ongoing violence in the middle east coming up in just a second. a live report from jerusalem. but before all that a look at some other stories we will follow for you this half hour. homegrown terror. investigators say they have arrested several california men who were planning to kill americans. the fbi says those men are following the orders of a man whose long dead. also coming up this morning, it is the annual thanksgiving ritual, piling into planes, trains, and automobiles. if you're planning on traveling, you're going have lots and lots and more company. just it's going to be a little congested, just to warn you. >> i don't envy anybody hitting
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the road today. >> we have extra room in our minivan if you want to tag along. we'll drop you off in jersey. >> i've got to be here, working through the end of the week. so a big change on sesame street. the voice of elmo will soon be a little different. the actor behind the puppet has now stepped down after a sex scandal. what the future may hold for one of america's most beloved characters. really sad, strange story there. we'll get to that. but first, fresh violence erupted overnight as israeli missiles hit targets in gaza. in an effort to end the bloodshed, secretary of state hillary clinton meets with top palestinian officials and the president of egypt. >> the two sides appeared to be on the verge of a truce, but it all fell apart and the fighting rye assumed. here's abc's matt kosar. >> reporter: despite talks of a cease-fire, israeli warships and aircraft continue to pound gaza as militants launch rockets into israel. [ explosion ] >> reporter: another day of
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violence in gaza. israeli air strikes killed a senior militant and five others in an attack on a car. elsewhere in the city, masked militants executed six people suspected of collaborating with israel. as attacks from both sides continue -- >> i strongly caution against a ground operation. >> reporter: diplomats converged on the region, including secretary of state hillary clinton. >> the rocket attacks from terrorist organizations inside gazaed on israeli cities and towns must end and a broader calm restored. >> reporter: the goal of the egyptian-led negotiations is to broker an immediate end to the fighting which cannot happen until both sides lay down their arms. >> if there is a possibility of achieving a long-term solution to this problem through diplomatic means, we prefer that. but go not, i'm sure you
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understand that israel will have to take whatever action is necessary to defend its people. >> reporter: after meeting with both israeli and palestinian officials, secretary of state hillary clinton will head to cairo where negotiations will continue with egyptian officials. rob, paula. >> thanks, matt. and joining us live on the phone from jerusalem is our lama hasan. >> lama, thank you for joining us. what is the latest? >> good morning to you. well there is no peace agreement announced just yet. there was optimism last night but it was cautious optimism that a cease-fire would be announced and some kind of deal would be reached, but the terms that have been laid out by both sides, israelis and hamas officials are quite complicated. and even secretary clinton hinted it would take some time to finally reach an agreement when she met prime minister benjamin netanyahu last night here in jer ruse lem standing
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side by side. she did say, however, that they did have producti ivive talks a reiterated the clear message that america's commitment to israel's security is unwavering, and she was quite strong about it. clinton said that hamas must stop its rockets on israel as we just heard in that piece. adding israel has the right to defend itself. rob, paula. >> the meeting lasted a couple hours with benjamin netanyahu. now we are hearing terms like "de-escalation" instead of "cease-fire." is there a chance for a cease-fire at this moment? >> well, it is really complicated. i mean that is the hope. like i said yesterday, that's what everybody was waiting for here, but the terms laid out by both sides. israel wants hamas to stop firing their rockets that have been landing into the southern israeli cities here.
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and hamas in return wants israel to stop its targeted assassinations which has been carried out as part of this latest operation called pillar of defense. and they also want the siege to be lifted on gaza which has been in place for years now. both sides want their demands. and it is quite difficult to get them to sit down and agree to those terms and agree to a cease-fire. overnight we've seen shelling from the israeli air force as well as from the siege. they've been hitting targets, undon the ground, facilities, and hamas retaliated and replied to those attacks by sending in rockets. we heard this morning from israeli defense forces, two rockets were fired from gaza to densely populated areas here in israel. it's very difficult to try to hammer out a long-lasting peace deal, which is exactly what israel wants because in the past when cease-fires, piece agreements have been agreed on, but they haven't lasted for long. that's what they're trying to do right now. >> lama, very briefly, let me just ask you this. there were so many rumors yesterday that a cease-fire was imminent.
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why did those discussions seem to break down? why were there so many false rumors spreading quickly 24 hours ago? >> this is what happens when you have so many players in this game, if you want to call it game. you have the israelis on one side. then you have hamas on the other side. israel sees hamas as a terrorist organization. israel refuses to have direct negotiations or to have diplomatic negotiations with with hamas, so it's difficult when you have the egyptians also part of this -- these negotiation talks. they've been spearheading these talks. you know, there are so many players that are part -- or taking part in this -- these deals that they're trying to reach right now. but like i said, there was optimism last night, but unfortunately there was no cease-fire agreement that came forward.
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>> lama hasan, reporting live for us this morning from jerusalem. thanks, lama. this morning we are learning more about the four southern california men charged now in a failed terror plot. the alleged ringleader of the group was actually a former member of the u.s. air force. the fbi claims the terror cell had conducted training including going to shooting ranges and even bought tickets to travel to afghanistan through mexico. also the u.n. security council has voted to sanction the leaders of congo's rebel forces after they seized the eastern city of go ma, which is home to more than 1 million people. explosions and gunfire rocked that city as residents scattered for cover. peacekeepers in goma did not resist the rebel advance for fear of triggering an all-out battle in the strategically located city. police in indianapolis may be closer to finding out who was behind a deadly house explosion earlier this month. investigators served search warrants at a nearby mobile home park and questioning two people
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in connection with the case. dozens of homes were damaged or destroyed in the blast which killed two people. the turkey day exodus is expected to tie up highways across the country on this extremely busy travel day. nearly 40 million people are heading to their holiday destinations by car. and aaa recommends getting an early start at least by 7:00 a.m. good news, though, if you're going by air. 75% of the country will be rain-free. certainly good news. passengers can speed things up by using the tsa's new precheck program. some airlines will even let you tag and check your own bag. not bad. keep things moving, folks. >> right. >> the only other major trouble spot for any travelers out there this morning will be the northwest. rain could cause massive delays from seattle to san francisco. and that same storm dumps another foot of snow in the cascades, sierras, northern rockies. also it will be wet around boise and bismarck. scattered showers south of albuquerque into el paso 80s, dallas, phoenix. mild in the 60s. from the central rockies to the
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midwest. and mostly 50s in the northeast. and today is pardon day for one lucky turkey in the nation's capital. >> the president arrives back in d.c. from his southeast asia trip just in time to carry out one of the most important duties. and for the first time, ordinary americans are helping out, weighing in on the white house facebook page. the difference between cobbler, the other gobbler. one is pardoned, and the other is considered an alternate. >> both lucky. >> yeah. we quickly move on to the next holiday. organizers are calling the biggest christmas tree auction in the world. >> it took place in central pennsylvania. 80,000 trees were up for grabs. priced from $8 to $25,000 each. bidders grabbed lots of 25 to 100. most will end up in tree lots all over the northeast. i love the smell of a freshly cut christmas tree. >> almost as good as the plastic ones. >> bah humbug.
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scrooge. coming up, if you're hitting the road with little ones, a lit of helpful items you want to pack if you dare go. adventure with children. >> good luck. first, a strange situation. one of "sesame street's" most beloved characters caught up in a big scandal. what is next for the character elmo? you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by lifestyle lift. ought to you by lifestyle lift.
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♪ this is the ♪ this is the song elmo's song ♪ la-la-la-la la-la-la-la elmo's song ♪ >> i like that song. oh, it is a sad day on
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"sesame street." the man who has been the lifeblood of elmo since the mid-1980s has resigned. >> for the second time in a week a man has come forward to accuse puppeteer kevin clash of inappropriate sexual behavior. >> reporter: cecil singleton, a 24-year-old college student suing kevin clash for $5 million. singleton says he met clash on a gay chat line when he was 15 and forte -- for a two-week period they had sexual contact but no intercourse. he insists he told cash how old he was. >> i remember confessing to him while we were eating that i wasn't 18 but that i would be turning 16 in the near future. >> reporter: singleton claims he did not know what clash did for a living until much later on and decided to come forward after hearing that another man was accusing clash of engaging in underaged sex. >> if i had known that this was a reoccurring thing or i wasn't special or this wasn't a unique circumstance, i would have said something much sooner. >> reporter: clash has not
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addressed this latest allegation specifically, but he says he's resigning to resolve what he called personal matters. as for elmo's future, sesame workshop says the popular money pet is bigger than any one person, and several pep it eries are already trained as stand-ins for clash. hasbro, maker of elmo toys is confident sales will not suffer. by one estimate, elmo toys account for 1/2 to 2/3 of the $75 million in annual sales of the "sesame street" toy line. >> sad story. i hope drks -- you know, elmo does a lot of good for kids. hopefully people can focus on that and let the legal system do what it has to do. weird, strange story. all right. if you are hitting the road with kids today. there are a few things you should bring along. >> get a pencil. i will share must have products. and we'll be right back. a nice tray for rob. here, your cookies, cheese-its, crackers, and sippy cup. >> is that vodka?
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welcome back to "rld now," everyone. another installment of "parents' picks" and the theme is holiday traveling. it can be so stressful for kids and parents. i hope to give you a couple products -- many recommended by you, the viewers -- thank you for sending those in to me. these products will hopefully make travel enjoyable for child and parent alike. okay. your kid needs a suitcase, right? trunky, by melissa and doug, not just a suitcase. it is also a mode of transportation. see the wheels on the bottom of this? the child can sit right here and scoot through the airport or off to grandma's house, wherever they go. it also has the this little
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strap so you can pull them to expedite the process, or they can pull that if they want to as well. runs you $40. great, great investment. travel, what would it be without kids and ipads, playing games, reading books? you don't want them to destroy them. i've learned the hard way. $250 later after a broken screen, we got a really, really nice protective case. this is super shell by m-edge. you can get them even as cheap as 25 bucks. what i love about this -- great colors, as you can see. very colorful. also grips really well. my daughter commented that, "mommy, it is actually easy for me to hold," while she is playing one of myriad of games. i wasn't ignoring her at all through that process. but if you want something a little more durable, something that could potentially survive a nuclear bomb literally, then you're going to want to go for the defender. it's a little bit more expensive. it's by otter box. you can see it has this outside case right here.
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you can pop it off. it also has the stand. converts into a stand right here. see that moves. even when you slip your ipad in there you still have this clear case. it has this three-layer protection as well. still room for the camera. so a little bit more durable. this is an airplane safety harness by cares. super easy. don't get cob fused or intimidated by the straps. you literally take the red strap, put it right over the seat. then the buckle is right here. the black little buckles. i haven't had the heart to tell rob it is only for kids. 44 pounds and under. i didn't want to break his heart. but we'll see if they can make an adult version. moving along, the theme now is going to be mealtime. and this tidy table tray by bambinos, new on the market. say you want to transition your child from traditional highchair to the table. super easy. look at this. just has a little clip. open the clip. clip it on to the table. they can eat. make a mess.
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then if they are done and they want to play at the table, lift off the green little lid and it converts into playtime. you can put their crayons on there. also wonderful if you're traveling visiting family, say, they don't have a highchair. well, this is -- this is the ticket. you go to a restaurant. god knows if they wipe down the tables, are they really sanitary? i don't think so. table-toppers by neat solutions. these saved me. little piece of plastic. but you can remove -- this, and it, you like that sound effect? on all four sides. then you stick it done to the table. it doesn't move. the food doesn't slide everywhere. kids can have a good time. when you are done, rip it off the table and throw it in the trash. i like that. i love disposable things. finally, in this installment of
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"parents' picks," the travel highchair. once again, look at this. cloth, comes in a small little bag. you can put it right into your purse. but what you do -- again, don't, don't get intimidated by all the straps. actually pretty easy. slide it over the chair. a five-point harness that really, really secures your child into the highchair. the highchair, i should say. so you don't have to worry about taking your highchair everywhere. there you go. i hope that some of these products helped you. i hope it makes your traveling process a little easier. god knows it can be so stressful with children i wish you a very happy holiday season, safe travels. love to you and yours. and if you have any feedback you would love to share with me. i would really like to hear about it. shoot me a tweet @paulfaris on twitter. again, thanks for watching. we'll be right back. twitter. again, thank you for watching. we'll be right back.
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welcome back, everybody. >> put the sippy cup of vodka down. >> vodka -- this kid had a lot of fun. she was at the grand canyon and decided to prank her mom who was a little nervous about her baby being out there near the grand canyon. >> that's horrible. >> she sent this picture, posted it, and with a caption, mom was worried about my trip to the grand canyon. i sent her this picture. this thing has gone pretty viral. some people freaked out. one commenter said, my sister-in-law went to the grand canyon. when she was -- saw there were no guardrails became so nervous and worried for everyone visiting there, she had to leave. people saw this and freaked out. the girl was standing on a ledge beneath. she was safe and secure. just wanted to freak her mom out a little bit. that is a very -- >> you are a horrible daughter. >> funny prank. well done. rob, have you ever dated
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somebody who had an animal? >> yeah. yeah. >> did the animal like you? >> no. they smell the fear. >> this is a story you will embrace. a new study says 1/4 women would dump their man if their pet didn't like him. 25%. >> that is ridiculous. >> if the pet didn't like you. [ dog growling ] >> not only that, they say hello to their don or cat before anyone else when they get home. men on the flip side seem to be more forgiving. 12% said they would split up if the pet didn't take to her. the study carried out by a health organization, 40% of owners, surveyed would risk their own life to save their animal if it were in danger. >> ohhh. people on facebook think that i'm such an animal hater, that i despise animals. i don't despise animals or kick kittens down the street for a hobby. i think people get too obsessed. they would risk their own life for the pet. >> it's their family. >> i get that. but my lord. if we did for humans what we did for our pets, maybe the world would be a better place. i'm just saying. get a little perspective.
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i had two girlfriends that had pets. the dogs knew i didn't like them. >> they can sense it. >> they knew i wasn't into it. this i thought was pretty funny here. new york city, of course, always on the progressive side of things. replacing pay phones. let's face it. who uses pay phones in the cellular world? they're replacing them with 311 touch screens, information, emergency alerts. business deals, downloaded to smart phone. in case of emergency, like sandy, become distress devices. they'll set this up. 250 across new york city's five boroughs. and they're going to be especially engineered so they can be sprayed clean in case
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it's wednesday, november 21st. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." happy hump day. good wednesday morning, everybody. i'm paula faris. >> and i'm rob nelson. i can imagine folks are getting ready to go on the road or already on the road or getting up to go to the airport. it is the busiest travel day of the year. >> talk fast so i can go. well, we've got some serious news to get to. the rockets continue to fly. the death toll continues to grow. we will go live to jerusalem in just a few moments to get the latest on the talks to finally end the bloodshed. but first a look at some of the other stories we're following for you this half hour. today is expected to be the busiest travel day of the year from roads to planes and trains. planes, trains, and automobiles, right? if you're hitting the road,
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we've got you cover and will throw in the weather forecast for good measure. i need to see that movie again. >> john candy, steve martin. those aren't pillows. that is a classic scene. and as americans venture out to give thanks, we are reminded this is still a nation on alert. the fbi says it has busted a terrorism plot created by four men from southern california. but the man who inspired their deadly intentions can't be stopped. >> also this morning, it's beginning to look ♪ a lot like christmas >> okay. we're not going to do a duet anytime soon. beginning to look a lot like christmas in the aisles of your local supermarket. retailers are hoping the look will prompt shoppers to fill their carts. it's what's inside that fancy packaging that may be less than festive. >> hmm, good tease, ferris. new details in the search for a cease-fire in the middle east. secretary of state hillary clinton meets with president abbas and egyptian leaders in cairo as violence rages. >> at least 200 rockets were launched into israel from gaza
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yesterday. five israelis and more than 130 palestinians have been killed as this conflict enters the eighth day. secretary clinton expressed sorrow for the heavy loss of life on both sides but stressed the american commitment to israel's security is quote, rock solid. >> the rocket attacks from terrorist organizations inside gaza on israeli's cities and towns must end and a broader calm restored. >> israel reportedly wants a 24-hour test period of no rocket fire to see if hamas can, in fact, enforce some kind of truce. >> and joining us now live on the phone from jerusalem is lama hasan. >> lama, thank you for being with us. good morning to you. >> good morning. a day of negotiations and talks with the secretary of state clinton. the united nations secretary-general and the egyptian president. there is still no cease-fire announced thus far.
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but while they're carrying out their talks, the violence on both side of the border have intensified as well. gaza came under heavy fire overnight from the air and warships in the sea, pummeling hamas' command and control center, the rocket launcher by the ied. the defense forces say they have destroyed 50 underground rockets in sight. the ied says the rockets were fired from gaza to the populated areas in israel. fortunately they were intercepted by the iron dome. so it's a very precarious situation. >> you are right, lama, a strange 24 hours. early word yesterday that a cease-fire was in the making. as you said, the bombings continued here. so where do things stand now in terms of any chance for a
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cease-fire? >> well, the secretary of state meeting, the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu quite late last night. the message is that the escalation of the violence here. and to support a long-term outcome and the rocket attacks. it's what the prime minister has been saying all along. but indicating this could take some time before they are able to hammer out a long-lasting deal. he said that they have had productive talks. of course, her next stop is the west bank. hamas will be meeting with the palestinian authority president mahmoud base. and then in cairo she will be meeting the man at the forefront of the talks, egyptian president morsi. and this is a real test for him and his presidency. and for him, what he can achieve. and if he can be a major player in the region, especially when it comes to the
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israeli/palestinian issues, the u.s. is looking for the key and cement with the egyptian president. so it's a very tense situation at the moment. we believe that both sides are trying to reach a deal, but at the moment there is no cease-fire that has been announced. >> lama hasan live in jerusalem. lama, thank you so much for the live report. and back here at home, tens of millions of americans are venturing out for the thanksgiving holiday on what is likely the busiest travel day of the year. and i decided to travel today. >> have fun. >> mm-hmm. 90% are driving. that means lots of jammed highway as cross the country. aaa says the best time to get behind the wheel is 7:00 a.m. the worst is the evening rush. be sure to dial 511 for the latest travel and road closures in your state. i did not know that. >> good tip for sure. >> mm-hmm. and millions of people also will be riding the rails today. amtrak adding extra trains on its most crowded corridors. it's even borrowing some trains
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from canada to handle the holiday crush. many commuter lines in the northeast haven't fully recovered from hurricane sandy. so you might want to double-check the schedule before you arrive at the train station. >> sound advice once again. >> thank you. and the skies are not expected to be quite as packed as usual today as airfares climb. carriers cut the number of flights by about 3%. most of the country will be rain-free, leaving weather-related airport delays largely confirmed to the northwest. they had a couple rough days of stormy weather out there. a ripple effect is not likely to spread to the rest of country. good news for those heading to the airport today. and here's a couple of traveling tips you may not have heard, but i'm sure are going to be wildly popular.
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new this year, some airlines allow you to avoid the baggage counter, by look at that, tagging and checking your own bags. so your purple louis vuitton bag, it's all good. tsa has a precheck program. sign up. you pass through a security line with your laptop in your bag and shoes on your feet. new apps monitor security lines. so you can -- back time your approach. christian louboutin shoes are what i was actually thinking of. >> that's all right. it's more of a duffel bag from kmart that i carry like that. >> but you do travel with your purple heels, right? >> always. >> now that we have the whole travel thing planned out what about the weather? >> jim dickey from accuweather.com is here now with your holiday forecast. >> good morning, rob and paula. yet another storm system, impacting pacific northwest. we head through the day. sorts it way from offshore. it will keep rain in place. this storm different from monday's. while not the soaking, flooding rainfall we saw with that, it is bringing more in the way of cold air. more snowfall, especially in the cascades. mountain passes will be difficult. ahead of it keeping it mild, the nation's midsection. many spots challenging record highs. rob and paula, back to you.
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>> thanks a lot, jim. moving on to other news this morning, the man who has given life to a "sesame street's" elmo for a generation is now stepping down after new accusations that he engaged a sexual relationship with an underaged boy. 24-year-old cecil singleton claims elmo puppeteer kevin clash sexually abused him when he was just 15 years old. singleton decided to come forward after hearing another man level a similar accusation against clash. >> a part of me feels sorry for him. because before any of this happened, i respected him. i liked him. i wished him nothing but the best. i assumed i was a unique circumstance. i did not know that this was something that he did habitually. >> singleton has now filed a $5 million lawsuit against kevin clash. now, as for clash himself, he is not commenting on the lawsuit but says he is leaving "sesame
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street" to resolve, quote, personal matters privately. >> also in that claim from singleton, he alleges clash frequented gay chat rooms with the intent of pursuing underaged boys to have relations, and he claims clash won trust in him and other boys, taking him to nice dinners and giving him money. >> if it is true, disappointing. the guy came forward. recanted. recanted his recant. now new people coming out say the same thing. messy all the way around. >> you don't want it to discourage victims from ever coming forward. well, the future of twinkies up in the air once again. hostess and the bakers union failed to reach agreement after a court-ordered mediation session, but the company will be back before a bankruptcy judge this morning asking to shut down its operations. however all is not lost. other buyers have already expressed interest in the iconic brand. >> long live the twinkie. well, the son of the late
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robert kennedy is no longer in legal jeopardy this morning after being cleared by a judge. douglas kennedy was acquitted yesterday of child endangerment and harassment charges. they all stem from his attempt to leave a maternity ward with his 2-day-old son. all this took place back in january. now, nurses claim that kennedy actually injured them as they tried to prevent him from leaving, but as of now the case is closed. starting early next year, public nudity will be banned on the streets of san francisco. lawmakers took action after escalating complaints from residents and business owners in the city's predominantly gay castro district. they accuse the nudists who gather daily on a busy street corner of using freedom of expression to engage in some bad behavior. the nudists have filed a federal lawsuit to keep the ban from taking effect. and some college basketball history to report, not from the major conferences like the big ten or acc or ncaa. this comes to us from the midwest christian college conference. >> powerhouse. jack taylor, 3 there, the true
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big man on the campus of the college this morning simply because he said -- you won't believe this -- ncaa record last night. this dude scored 138 points in a 179-104 -- >> hello. >> -- win over faith baptist bible college. certainly a defensive struggle there. >> he's got to be pretty tired too because he took 108 shots, including 71 three-pointers. taylor broke the old record by 25 points. they are in the ncaa. i take my word back. grinnell college is in iowa. how about that. mccc. >> in for 138. come on. what kind of defense was the other team playing? 138 points. what's the record? wilt chamberlain? 100. >> 108 shots. >> congratulations, kid. coming up, a taste of the season why products on your supermarket shelves look very different but taste exactly the same. but before that, investigators say they have busted a plot that was hatched
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welcome back, everyone. something of a wake-up call as welcome back, everyone. something of a wake-up call as we enter the busy holiday travel season. there are still those who want to do us harm. >> the newest example announced
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just yesterday. four americans busted for blotting to kill other americans. their inspiration, as abc's pierre thomas reports, is long dead. >> reporter: anwar al awlaki was the world's most wanted man, public enemy number one, encouraged radicals to attack america in online preaching. america killed him in a drone strike in 2011 and we learned al awlaki is recruiting terrorists. announcing charges against four california men plotting to go to afghanistan to bomb and kill u.s. soldiers, disciples of al awlaki. >> there was extensive amount of admiration for him and idealizing anwar al awlaki. >> reporter: a former member of the u.s. air force. the fbi claims the alleged terror cell conducted training,
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including going to shooting ranges and had even bought tickets to travel to afghanistan through mexico. >> this was a valid, violent extremist network. we took this very, very seriously. >> reporter: according to the fbi's charges, one of the alleged terror cell members posted violent extremist media, including audio files of al awlaki. abc news has discovered 30 cases brought against homegrown radicals where al awlaki was inspiration. they had plans to blow up the federal reserve building in new york, plots to detonate a car bomb at a chicago bar. all the cases came after al awlaki was dead. some officials fear we may see al awlaki's influence for years to come. he lives on online. pierre thomas, abc new, washington. >> influence from the grave. what's disturbing. the one man, kabir, former member of the u.s. military as you heard in that piece.
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it was only for a brief time though that he was in the air force from the summer of 2000 to the end of 2001. they're not releasing details on why exactly he was honorably discharged. but it's scary that one of our own at one point who fought and trained for this country would turn against it. >> they trained with paint ball rifles and even talked about going to afghanistan and setting up an orphanage to really cover up. >> scary. we will be right back after this.
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♪ it's christmastime run dmc. nothing says holidays like a little run dmc. >> or hershey's kisses. >> dig in. >> thanksgiving, on plenty of shelves plenty of christmas spirit. >> does all the holiday packaging have all that much effect on what is inside the package. we sent darrell rovell to do a
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little bit of tasting. >> reporter: that time of year where we are expected to embrace the sensory overload. for those trying to catch our eye and get us to pull out our wallets, it's the annual festive dressing of the shelves with a lot on the line. so we decided to see what won us over on a trip to the supermarket. not so successful in my opinion. daryl revolve. over on a trip to the supermarket. when i think of snowflake, i think of ritz. i mean is there anything these people didn't think of? everyday pringles have turned from salty to sweet. only 53% actually like special flavors. but the shoppers we stopped weren't getting caught up in it all. why? it's limited edition. >> well, you give me a limited edition handbag, i'll buy it. limited edition cookie, no.
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>> reporter: another tactic marketers are using -- shape. because when i think of snowflake, i think of ritz. i mean is there anything these people didn't think of? everyday pringles have turned from salty to sweet. so, too, has your turkey. at least if you buy what baskin robbins is selling, a cake, two with caramel as the skin, two cones stuffed in to resemble the turkey's legs. yeah, we bought it. darren rovell, abc news, new york.rk >> looks good. >> i think that is brilliant. that turkey, that kind of looks good. all right. anything looks good at this hour. >> i will eat anything. >> we know. >> hey, that's not nice. >> we'll be right back.
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okay. you like run dmc. i'm digging def leopard, bon jovi. one-stop shop. nothing like def leopard. 1983 classic, photograph, which rob has never heard of before. get us to the final story. def leopard my favorite band. >> that's not surprising. there's really no reason, no reason at all to have any unflattering photos of yourself on your facebook page or anywhere online. just ask our main man at the computer, nick watt. >> reporter: celebrities benefited from artificial enhancement for years now. we can too. it is key in this age when our online persona is arguably more important than the reality. >> the days of, you know, that bare fresh face, no retouching, are kind of behind us. i think we're all moving into an era that it's so easy to do. >> reporter: i found some guinea
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pigs in our newsroom. my buddy michael didn't get much sleep last night. no biggy. there you go. before. after. work it. work it. josh before. josh after. and brandi. well, i'm not even going to mess with perfection. i'm working with portrait professionals right here. pimpleeraser.com can deal with mt. saint helens erupting on your skin. it can give you a quick zhush. but there are pitfalls. >> especially if you're into online dating, that is not a good thing to do. you're going to show up to meet somebody and not look like the picture, and you're going to see someone's face just fall. >> reporter: a quick stroll of awkward familyphotos.com shows that we don't always know our own best side. and get too enthusiastic with your new prim ping tools, and
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the reality will come with a crushing disapointment. nick watt, abc news, los angeles. >> interesting. nick was doing a little flirtation with brandi hitt. the line, not going to miss with perfection. >> how is that again? i can't do it exactly the same. but brandi will be with us. you're off for the next two days for the holidays. brandi will be. perfect miss brandi hitt. >> she is a lovely lady. i am more than happy to hand over the seat to her for a while. be nice to her. >> we're going to break her in. coming in from l.a., so it should be cool. i will be nice. good behavior. i will be good. >> can i get that in writing. right here. sign on the dotted line. >> i need a new contract. right here. sign on the dotted line. >> i need a new contract. >> i need a new contract.
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this morning on "world news now" -- if you are not on the road right now, right this very minute, you might be in for a very long day. >> that's right. today is expected to be the busiest travel day of the year.
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it's wednesday, november 21st. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good hump day, pre-thanksgiving day, wednesday. it's all those things. good merning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> i love it when you say "merning." >> "merning." >> i'm paula faris. millions of people are getting ready to hit the road. the latest on what you can expect if you are one of them. but first a look at some of the other stories we will follow for you in this first half hour of the show. talks are taking place to try to finally end the bloodshed in the middle east. but the violence there still raging. we'll have the very latest on the very slow progress of diplomacy. also this half hour, a medical miracle, truly. we love this story. a baby born with her heart outside of her body is the focus of an epic surgery. how her mother's faith and her doctors' dedication helped this tiny little girl pull through.
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>> that's amazing. that's a heartwarming story. wow. and we will lighten the mood a little bit later in "the skinny" later this half hour. some big decisions on "dancing with the stars". we'll let you know who went home and who survived. the season, i guess, slowly winding down. down to how many folks now? >> you act like you have no idea. >> i truly don't. that could get me fired here at abc. i don't know how many people are left. we'll have the latest no matter what. but, of course, serious news first. millions of us are hitting the road this morning, the busiest travel day of the entire year. >> across most of the country it should be smooth sailing, but there are two major exceptions. here's abc's jim avila. >> reporter: a twin threat to air travel on the west coast. airport workers scheduled to demonstrate at los angeles international prompting warnings for passengers to give themselves a three-hour cushion at l.a.x. and an extra 90 minutes to get there. >> this is part of the fun of it
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all is to go fight. fight the fight, fight the crowds. >> reporter: up north, crippling rain in oregon and washington expected to delay northwest flights. for the rest of the country, whether is on travel's side for a change. >> 75% of the country will be rain-free. northwest, not so great. we will see heavy rain and mountain snows continuing. >> reporter: and since seattle is not a major domestic hub, the ripple effect of bad weather there is unlikely to spread. >> if there were to be a storm in chicago or in the northeast, you could count on mass chaos, but that does not look like that's going to be the case at all. >> reporter: there are new 2012 holiday tricks for savvy travelers. some airlines allow you to avoid the baggage counter by tagging and checking your own bag, giving you the opportunity to lose your own luggage. tsa has a new precheck program this year. sign up and you pass through a separate security line. with your laptop and your bag and your shoes on your feet. and there are new smart phone apps that monitor security lines so you can back-time your approach, flights are full and rebooking a challenge. >> it is extremely important to know how much time you have to get to your gate so you don't potentially miss your flight. and get stuck at the airport for thanksgiving. >> reporter: one final tip.
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leave the cranberry sauce at home. because of the tsa ban on liquids, your turkey may be welcome, but the cranberries are on the no-fly list. wednesday is supposed to be one of the busiest travel days of the year, airlines have cut flights, dropping air traffic by 3%. so it could actually be a pleasant day. jim avila, abc news, washington. >> our thanks to jim for that report. and if you are anywhere in the northeast hoping to rent a car for your holiday getaway, forget about it. superstorm sandy destroyed or damaged thousands of cars, including those owned by rental companies. and most of those not damaged have already been rented to storm victims who lost their own cars. we have about four seats vacant in our minivan. if you want to hop in the hoop-v
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with us, all we ask for is fritos, funyuns, pay us in treats. licorice. >> you can make money, you know. charge people. >> i could also die. so i probably won't do that. >> how long is your road trip? how long on the road will you spend? >> allegedly, 3 1/2, 4 hours. >> what time are you and the fam heading out? >> factoring in potty breaks for the children and for my husband and food stops, it will probably take, i'm saying, seven to eight hours. >> seven to eight hours. you factored in everything. i hope you have a good one too. >> i'm going to eat a lot. >> 'tis the season. >> and do nothing. >> you're working out now. you'll work it all off. >> i did pack my running shoes. little optimistic. it never happens. i always bring workout clothes and i never work out. >> you're going to run to the dinner table and that's going to be it. save it for monday. here is your wednesday weather, everybody. the northwest storm brings more rain from san francisco up to seattle. also stretching into boise and the dakotas. more heavy snow in the cascade. northern rockies and sierra range. some scattered showers in the texas panhandle and eastern coast of florida.
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>> 77 in miami. 67 in atlanta. 54 in new york. mostly 60s in the midwest and great plains. phoenix gets up to 81. we turn overseas now to the crisis in the middle east. gaza came under heavy fire overnight with at least 30 air strikes, hitting offices, banks, and an empty villa. secretary of state hillary clinton continues her high-stakes diplomacy, meeting with the palestinian leader and the president of egypt as well. yesterday hillary clinton met with israeli president benjamin netanyahu. >> if there's a possibility of achieving a long-term solution to this problem through diplomatic means, we prefer that. but if not, i'm sure you understand that israel will have to take whatever action is necessary to defend its people. >> strong words once again from israel. clinton has indicated it could take some time to finally iron out an agreement after now more than a week of fighting. in case you're wondering, some of the numbers associated with this too. more than 130 palestinians,
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militants and civilians have been killed in gaza. gaza militants have fired more than 1,400 rockets at southern israeli communities. 800 of them exploded inside israel. that's according to the military. meanwhile israel says its military has hit more than 1,500 targets inside gaza. and so all the talk yesterday as an alleged truce didn't come to pass and the fire fight just continued in big numbers. >> and really you're going to hear the white house and -- white house officials, state department, secretary of state clinton, everybody referring to this now as no longer a cease-fire, but a deescalation. what does that mean? they don't want to characterize what is going to happen. hillary clinton said the focus on a durable outcome -- that promotes regional stability and advances security and general aspirations of israelis and palestinians alike. but the white house hasn't minced any words and said that they fully support israel in
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this time. >> a lot of words, but still a lot of rockets as well. well, a texas day care owner has been sentenced to 80 years in prison and ordered to pay a $100,000 fine for the death of a child who died in her care. jessica tata was convicted of murder for leaving seven children in her home unsupervised while she went to the store. she also left a pan of cooking oil on the stove. it started a fire that killed four of the children and seriously injured the other three. she still faces felony charges in those cases. and new york city police hunting for a possible serial killer are questioning a person of interest. they picked up a man believed to be the person spotted in surveillance video near two of the three execution-style murders. now the victims were all middle eastern, store owners, shot with the same gun. officers took the man into custody in brooklyn last night after receiving a tip from nervous residents. well, ahead of the big day tomorrow, thousands lined up in los angeles for the annual turkey dinner giveaway. the owner of a limousine company organized the event, providing the bird, cornbread, miamis,
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greens, yams, cranberry sauce, and more to senior citizens on fixed incomes and other families who are in need. one woman said the seven-hour wait was humbling but worth it. speaking of waiting, these shoppers set up their tents yesterday outside a best buy in the garden state of new jersey. they are first in line for black friday bargains. the sisters work in the health care industry. and every year they take the entire week off just to wait outdoors to get the best deals. good luck to those ladies. >> that is dedication. >> it is indeed. >> and something else. well, some people say online shopping is the way to go for the holidays. rob and i. >> amen. oh, that was bad. there we go. >> and a new survey shows that trend goes way beyond shopping in your pajamas, rob.
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the survey shows 38 million americans admit to shopping online on their smartphone while on the toilet. >> yes. >> empty your mind and your wallet at the same time. if you think that's strange, the survey says it found that 17 million people have shopped online while actually standing inside the same retailers physical store. and despite the danger of sitting on the toilet, more than 4 million say they shopped while driving. >> what's wrong with shopping on the toilet? i don't understand that. people that say -- can't believe it? what is the problem? >> have you done it? >> well, yeah, you know, if it is a busy day. got to take care of business here. and got stuff to do. >> got to take care of your business. whatever gets you through the holidays. >> here, jenny. this is for your girlfriend. i picked this out. >> getting all kind of things. >> you wouldn't believe what i dung. >> well, at least one of these every holiday season, the santa stunt which goes awry. well, this drama unfolded in england. jolly st. nicholas was supposed to descend from a skylight staged from 50 feet up. ruh-roh. except santa didn't descend. >> somehow his trademark white
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beard got caught in the rope and he suede there above the crowd like a huge animated decoration. finally santa got a shave and was able to make his less than grand entrance. >> that is beautiful. >> oh, santa, santa. >> get the beard trimmed. >> give santa a "p" for persistence. good. well, up next, a team of doctors in battle to save a baby born with her heart on the outside of her body. how her mother's face -- faith rather and doctor's determination kept this little girl alive. >> later in this half hour, trimming your budget while trimming the tree. we'll show you how to use a little technology to save hundreds of bucks this holiday season. you're watching "world news now." ♪ santa baby so hurry down the chimney tonight ♪ ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by united health care. now is a good time to think about your options.
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♪ ♪ i stayed up with you all night ♪ ♪ then i'd know how to save ♪ the fun i've missed i stayed up with you all night ♪ ♪ then i'd know how to save a life ♪ welcome back, everybody. a mother in texas has every right to be extremely, extremely thankful these days simply because her newborn daughter is still alive. >> she was born with a very unusual condition that's now been prepared throurepaired thr miracle of surgery.
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christy myers of our houston station reports. we should warn you, though, some viewers may find the video in the story a little tough to watch. >> look how little she is. >> reporter: ashley cardena sees her newborn daughter for the first time after extraordinary surgery to put her baby's heart back inside her chest. little audrina was born with a third of her heart lying on her stomach beating outside her body. it was a stunning thing to see even for the heart surgeons there to repair it. >> it's like the heart was kind of pinched in the middle. >> reporter: this condition was picked up on an ultrasound and it's usually fatal. but ashley made the difficult decision to continue her pregnancy and pray for the baby's healing. >> i had to come with believing in him and believing in faith that, you know, there is a reason that she is here. >> reporter: in a six-hour surgery texas children's heart surgeons and plastic surgeons reconstricted the baby's chest to make space for the heart inside and gently stretched her skin to cover the hole. >> the baby will probably have
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to have other operations in the future. her stern um sternum is about half formed, but these are things we can deal with. >> reporter: now 5 weeks old, audrina is doing well. she has a small heart inside her heart, but doctors say that it will heal on its own. >> they have no idea how thankful i am. if it wasn't for them as well as the grace of god, she wouldn't be here. >> good for her for having the courage to continue with the pregnancy. right now -- the doctors say she will need more surgeries in the future. one of those is building the sternum. right now, there is nothing to protect the heart. they can do that down the road. >> that is an amazing procedure. her faith is impressive. and what the doctors have been able to do so far really is. a mother's love. nothing quite like it. >> no, there's nothing quite like it. and when we come back after the break, matthew mcconaughey talking about his radical weight loss. >> you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations. ws now."dkx@ñ
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♪ skinny so skinny ♪ ♪ skinny so skinny welcome back, everybody. it's been a few weeks since we talked about "dancing with the stars" here. >> it's been too long. >> it's been far too long. so we should get to it on this day before thanksgiving. an update on what is going on with the bit hit here.
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two couples got sent home last night, so there was all kinds of suspense. things have been -- this has been like the ninth or tenth week of the season. things are winding down a little bit. the two couples going home, apollo, and karina they're out of there. and also emmitt smith and his partner cheryl burke, they both got the boot. emmitt was gracious. he said it's been a tremendous experience. cheryl's been a great partner. she has pushed me to another level. season three was something else. this right here takes it to the top. the season winding down. two of the probably better known professional dancers, cheryl and karina, my favorite pack it home. we wish them all the best. now we will see who takes home the mirror ball trophy in a few more weeks. >> end of the line for the two couples. also the end of the line for danica patrick and her husband of seven years. they have mutually decided to end their marriage. she wrote on her facebook page, this was her quote. she says, "we have decided to amicably end our marriage. it's not easy for either of us. he's been an important person in front of my life.
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and that's how we will remain moving forward." he was a physical therapist when they met. she's now 30. he's 17 years older than her. i don't know -- we don't want to speculate as to what played a part in it. the news of this comes after she won the nationwide series most popular driver award. last night. she also finished tenth in the nationwide series point standings. best finish ever by a woman. so a bright future for her, but her marriage of seven years to paul hospenthal is over. >> i'm still not convinced that relationships with that kind of age gap can last too long. i don't know. maybe that's just me. whatever the reason. good luck to both of them going down the road here. also matthew mcconaughey making news in "the skinny." >> speaking of skinny. >> really, truly. >> he is doing a new movie, "the dallas buyers club." he plays man who contracts hiv. for the role he had to lose a lot of weight. there you see him on the left
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looking like a normal heartthrob that the ladies love. then you see him on the right, having lost the weight. apparently he has lost 38 pounds. yeah, he has lost a ton of weight getting ready for this role. and he talked a little bit about it. take a listen. >> i lost 38 pounds. i feel good now. overall probably got 35% less energy. but there's been -- the tough part, there's been plateaus. once you get past the plateau, your body seems to understand okay this is where we are living now. >> a drastic, you know, change in appearance from his magic mike, you know, film appearance. but, you know, its is amazing what the actors do to get in shape in one way or the other for a role. we've seen it before. he's the latest one. >> just to try to gear up his body to eat again, that will be a chore as well. >> matthew, put it back on, dude. get that burger. put it back on, dude. get that burger. [ male announcer ] sponges take your mark.
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too, light blue ♪ >> i like that song. >> it's classic. >> everyone loves that one. well, forget the turkey and be thankful it's nearly time for shopping. so how can you save cash when you're buying your holiday gifts? we sound so greedy, don't we? >> we really do. >> like lots of other things these days, there is plenty of technology to help you out. sharyn alfonsi is on the case. >> reporter: the parillos have their hands full, parker, cameron, and baby sawyer. there isn't a lot of time for holiday shopping. so we brought help to them. >> nice to meet you. >> i'm joanna. >> reporter: joanna stern is abc's tech editor she showed us how you can outsmart the stores using technology to get great deals on the parillos' christmas list. >> a tv for papa. >> reporter: flat screen tv. and digital camera. when should you pull the trigger and buy?
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tip one, arm yourself with apps. so we are off to the store. our target, target. there we see a digital camera we were looking at. pull out our decide app. it scans the bar code searching through thousand of pieces of information to tell us whether we should buy it now or wait to get a better price. it says wait. on the toy aisle we spot bouncing tiger. it's at the top of the girls' list. it was $39.99 at target. marked down to $28.99. using another app called red laser. we scanned the bar code and find it cheaper. and if you're shopping online and don't like the price, tip number three, just walk away. >> put something in your cart and then you walk away from it and it's kind of like playing hard to get. they'll send an e-mail. actually we notice this is in your cart. here is a 10% discount. >> reporter: one of the most interesting things we learn is that often an item will cost more in the store than online. so target had one toy that was $45. online it was $32. but the good news is if you have that app, you can actually take
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it to target and say, look, i found it on your website for a little bit less, and they will match that price. sharyn alfonsi, abc news, new york. >> i get that shopping is a part of, you know, what we do this time of year. i saw the greatest thing on facebook yesterday. someone had a sarcastic thing, people post, postcard. "black friday -- only americans would crush the malls and stampede each other a day after giving thanks for what we already have." that is so true. including us apparently. >> that picture is not true. >> no. i'll be online. that's what i'll be doing. i'm just saying. >> i'll be eating still. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now" -- informing insomniacs for two decades. or two decades.
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this morning, america on the move. >> the great getaway day is here, from coast-to-coast, millions will travel today.

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